Most people don’t think about where they’re going to be when the world ends. On the beach drinking margaritas? In the arms of a lover? How about in a shit-ass resort run by your shit-ass parents?I have always lived my life as the perfect daughter. At seventeen, I had no other option than to follow my parents’ strict regiment. Did I mention that they’re assholes? The world didn’t decide to … world didn’t decide to suddenly end. Oh no, that would be too easy. Instead, it was a series of events that led to its eventual demise. Earthquakes, tornados, and a mysterious virus that turned people into raving lunatics. Fortunately for me, I have the help of seven handsome men to combat the coming storm. Literally.
Declan, an enigma from my past. Ryder, a flirty musician. Asher, the sweetest boy I had ever met and probably the only one that I don’t want to kick in the balls. Tamson, shy and timid, with a past I’m aching to uncover. Ronan, my sarcastic leprechaun. Fallon, the stoic leader. And, finally, Calax (but he doesn’t really matter because I kind of hate him and want him to fall on his head and die).
I will have to learn to rely on these boys and myself if we’re going to survive the apocalypse.
This is a slow-burn reverse harem series.
Warning: This book deals with sensitive issues such as abuse, rape, and suicide that some readers may find triggering. Reader discretion is advised.
This is the first story I have read by this author, but it will not be the last. I love Addie’s snark and attitude. She has been abused and isolated, but is still strong. I liked meeting each of the guys and the different dynamic they bring. I am going to check out book 2 right now 🙂
I’m so ashamed! I already discovered Katie May over a year ago, I won one of her books, I really loved the Supernaturalette series and somehow I never read anything else. I devoured the books already out for the Damning and now it’s time to start her completed series. I have to admit that I kinda regret getting the omnibus of this book, since it’s big to hold, but I’m very excited to explore this world and to get to know these characters.
I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect of this story, which means I just trusted May and dived in, happy to welcome whatever would come. And although the title already speaks about Darkness, I was quite surprised HOW dark this book actually is. Quite a lot that happens to our heroine is only implied, but implications alone are enough to paint this horrible picture of her daily life. Which means I rooted for her from the very start.
I have to admit that the introductions of the seven guys went a little quick. I love big harems, but I usually need a little time to get to know everyone, to link the right personality and history to the right name. In this case it took a while before we actually got the backstories, or at least parts of it, and therefore for a long time it felt like these guys were just one big group instead of seven different people. I’m very excited though to learn more about them in future books!
Just like I can’t wait to see more of the new world and to explore everything that’s going on. A big part of the first book is used for world building, the world as it is before the virus and before the disaster, but in the finale a lot of exciting things happen and it feels that the plot has really started now. There are loads of questions that need to be answered and loads of mysteries that need to be solved. I will therefore certainly pick up the second book soon! I want more!
NA. Apocalyptic. Rh. 6 guys. Zombies(Ragers). Dark Childhood. Abuse. Strange natural disasters keep happening, then a virus starts affecting people. Addie and her newly acquainted friends try to fiend for themselves as this stuff keeps happening. I really liked it. Good characters. Loved Addie and her weirdness. Also the interactions were amazing. Gonna read the second one now
I was first introduced to this author by one of her new releases, Greed. In it she had. Some samples from her other books, so that was how I came across this book/series, and I couldn’t be more thrilled by what I’ve read.
This author does not shy away from the dark (hello, the title), and where books are dark, I try to address this as a separate issue, because there are so many issues that can and have been traumatising for some people. One of the questions I see in the genre forums with dark books tends to be centred around how dark a book may be. There is a warning on this book, but it’s not something that deterred me. If it had only been the blurb I’d read, then I might have thought it over for a hot second, but the chapters I read in her other book had already convinced me I was reading this book. If you’re not certain, definitely get the sample to see what you think about the story, because I personally think this book is worth it. Yes, there is abuse; yes, there is violence. Sometimes, it does get graphic, and it may push your boundaries, but that’s because the hard stories do. I wouldn’t say that any of the “hard stuff” that’s depicted in this story is gratuitous, but it’s not sunshine and daisies. To properly convey how the characters are feeling, what they’re experiencing, it can’t be.
In general, Addie is a trope that I am a big fan of – the abused girl turned strong, bad@$s. She doesn’t really see it that way, but to go through what she has and come out the other side with the personality and view she does, there’s no way she’s not a [email protected]$. Now, she might not be everyone’s cup of tea (*snicker*), as she is VERY train of thought. She speaks her mind, and some people will hate it. I thought she was hilarious, entertaining, sarcastic and sassy. I feel like she would have to be to keep all the guys in line. While she has a “harem” from the start, this book blends the lines between all of them being there from the start and adding them there over time. They’re there, but they’re not necessarily love interests from the start. In this book, I would say it’s much more focussed on establishing the relationships – even just friendships. You see glimpses of the bigger plot, but not really. It keeps you off balance a little bit as a reader; there are a fair few allusions to further plot points, things that aren’t yet being explained, but not enough to totally guess what’s going on. The book didn’t end in a cliffhanger, but the plot and characters were certainly enough to keep me interested and, more importantly, invested, and thankfully book 2 was already out for me to binge.
I nearly peed my pants reading The Darkness We Crave. I was laughing so hard at one point that I wasn’t making a sound, tears was running, I couldn’t breath and my stomach hurt. Every time I looked down on the page it began again… brilliant!!! It dealt with some harsh subjects, but in between it was sprinkled liberally with awesome humour.
I’m so looking forward to reading the next book.